The Insect-Hater’s Guide to Loving Bees

May 17, 2016

I’ll admit it, they are scary. Just about everyone in the arthropod phylum are creepy-crawly, bitey-looking things, and bees are no exception. They have huge mandibles (those grabby things on the face that you see in insect-themed horror movies). They have six legs. They move quickly and erratically. And, they sting. But… They are also […]

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Wetland Mitigation Site Study

May 12, 2016

For the past 19 years, Astoria High School’s freshman science students have participated in an annual study of the Astoria Airport Mitigation Bank wetland. Lee Cain and Nick Baisley lead this endeavor, coordinating volunteers and students in two days of data collection. This is my second year volunteering as the bumblebee group leader. Today I […]

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Your First Year

March 13, 2016

My focus this year is going towards this course. If you’re in the area I hope you’ll join us!

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Plants for Your Bees – Flowering Quince

March 25, 2015

Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) is a member of the Rose family, cultivated from plants first brought from Japan to Europe in the late 1700’s. The genus went through a few iterations before botanists finally settled on Chaenomeles (which means “split apple.”) Description With space and in full sun, the flowering quince will grow into a […]

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“Where’s the best place to put my beehive?”

June 13, 2014

This is a question I hear often. Here’s what I tell folks: There are five key points to keep in mind when deciding where to place your hive:           • sun exposure           • wind direction           • dampness           • access to water           • neighbors Sun Exposure Beehives don’t have built-in air conditioning or heaters, so the job […]

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Bombus spp. – The Bumblebees

April 11, 2014

S. Name: Bombus spp. (BOM-bus) C. Name: Bumblebee Size: 10-23 mm Flying teddy bears, bumblebees are large and furry and easy to spot. Several species can be found in each state with different species being active at different times of the year. They typically have a base color of black with yellow, orange and/or white […]

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